The Internship Quest

June 24, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career

This summer, I have been lucky enough to experience my first office internship in New York City. I am currently working as a fashion and home intern for Woman’s Day Magazine, doing miscellaneous tasks very similar to that of an editor. I commute to the famous Hearst Tower every day by Metro North train and work a full 9 hours. From what I’ve accomplished so far these past six weeks, I can certainly vouch that internships are key components to your college experience in order to gain an insight as to what it’s like to work in your field of study. It may ultimately lead you into being hired post-graduation if you work hard enough and make solid connections. Or, it may turn you away from the job you thought you had always wanted. Luckily, for me, it’s only made me more interested in eventually working in publishing. Here are some beneficial tips to know prior to your internship search:

Application Process: The cover letter is always huge factor in showing why you specifically are cut out for this internship. If you’re applying for a writing position, talk about your previous work and why it’s benefited you as a writer and a worker. Make sure your resume is clean and straightforward, considering companies do not have the time to read through thousands of intricate applications. If this is your first internship and you have no prior experience, simply talk about your skills and the classes you have taken in school.

Interview: I was able to do a phone interview for my internship since I attend school in Florida and rarely come home throughout the semester. While these are becoming more and more common, they are still just as important as far as making an impression. It’s always a good idea to have notes laid out in front of you for any questions that may be asked, and always be sure to have background information about the company for any unexpected questions. Showing that you’re interested in the company and have immersed yourself in background knowledge of it is extremely important.

You’re Hired!: This is the most exciting news you can receive after all that hard work. If the company decides to hire you, make sure you thoroughly explain to them all of the school requirements if you plan to get credit for the internship.  Several internships, such as mine, are unpaid if you are receiving school credit. In order to make up for it, I work on weekends at a restaurant. While it may be difficult to not receive any form of solitary compensation for your hard work, just remember that internships will provide you with an amazing experience that gets your foot in the door. DO NOT turn it down if it is unpaid. This is a common mistake that several students make when they realize they will not be paid for the internship. In a situation like this, experience conquers money.

The Internship: Once you have the internship, I’ve learned thus far that going above and beyond is extremely important in order to make an impression. There are so many students that intern at major companies, so naturally, it’s easy to forget some interns. Stand out by showing up early every day or leaving later, and even check emails while at home if you’re set up on the company email account. It demonstrates responsibility and a huge interest in bettering the company as a whole. Keep a positive attitude while on the job and always do what your boss asks no matter how exhausted you may be, because there will certainly be days that seem never ending. However, a recommendation from your boss is what will ultimately lead you into being hired down the road. Remember that you need to start somewhere to reach the top!

In the end, the internship usually turns out to be one of your best college experiences. There will be tough days on the job and easy days, just like that of the real world. Work hard during the application process, and don’t stress over the possibility of not being hired. It happens to the best of us, so keep applying and you will eventually be accepted somewhere. Good luck in your internship search!

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower

Work – Study – Intern – Work

November 23, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

Step On Up

“You don’t know what you do for people when you do well in your own life so keep onward!”

Money is a necessary commodity in this world. There people that do have to work for their money and others that are born into it. A job, skill, talent, and/or good work ethic will place you in a position to earn an income.

Work Studies is a good way to earn a check while at school. There are multiple positions that allow a student to work in a field of interest while being able to do classwork. The flexibility of each position will depend on the advisor and type of position. I am an assistant coach at Centenary College. My supervisor is very cool and understanding. I am not the only assistant but I still have a responsibility to inform him about my schedule and whereabouts during the day before practice. We share responsibility in the larger workings of the program.

I currently have two internships. They both require weekly updates; one requires personal journal updates toward a larger personal project while the other requires public updates in a public forum. Internships are like work study jobs on a larger scale. Work Study jobs can be effective as internships if in the field of personal study but, if not, internships standout as far better experiences. Internships count as working in the real world of your field instead of the college realm which tends to feed toward the overall population at an institution. If a college cannot feed all of its departments to reach the requirements they request then every student isn’t receiving the full benefits of their department for studying.

An internship places the individual in an environment that focuses on honing his or her skills toward the company’s benefit. If the individual has a knack for writing then the company may want the individual to fulfill assignments to their capabilities but fill it according to the information provided. I’m using writing as an example because I write.  My internships allow me to maximize my writing ability and potential with every assignment and project. I have to continue reading and writing on the side but the internships provide an opportunity to prepare and present toward a public audience on public to private platforms.

I have a full time position which begins after training the first week of December. It’s important to be ready for an all-day interview process. Don’t plan too much on an interview day for a full time job. Make sure to be ready with your Driver’s License, Social Security Card, TEN YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT HISTORY, and a FULL stomach. It’s good to eat a big breakfast but eat lunch even if you’re already full. Be conversational and open. Don’t sugar coat. Be honest. Practice Good Etiquette. Spit in the bathroom.

Jobs are important but be careful taking a position. It will help to be financially stable but you don’t want to work under a supervisor that you don’t get along with for too long. There are a lot of good positions in areas with good people in charge. I’m not the judge of the situation- you are. It’s great if you can make the best of the situation but don’t be miserable. Shower. Be Fresh. Come Well-Dressed, Uniformed, and Ready To Go.

Use the opportunity to become better in your craft, meet new people and progress you forward. Your next step might make your last step better. You don’t know what you do for people when you do well in your own life so keep onward!

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne

To Intern or Not To Intern

October 26, 2013 in Alive Campus, Career

In high school, I worked during the summers at the rec center or with my mom. Once I hit 18, I was no longer eligible to take these city jobs, and I spent the summer of my freshman year in college doing literally nothing and it drove me nuts. Last summer, I interned for two different places, but I cannot say that I liked what I did. I spent a lot of time on the internet, but I feel tired when I spend too much time alone and I ended up really hating my summer. It’s no fun to work for no money, especially if you don’t like what you’re doing. It’s really important to get an internship, which is difficult if you need to work for money. I can live off my parents for now, but not everybody is in my financial situation. If you can’t do what I’m doing, perhaps get an online internship or something close to home, where you can spend a few hours a week doing something related to the field you wish to enter and still work without becoming too stressed out. A lot of employers want to see internships on your resume, so it’s not something you should just skip if you can help it. 

Jobs on Assumption’s campus fill up fast. I’ve never been able to snatch one, but it’s always possible I just don’t know where to look. If you’re hoping for a campus job, you need to apply the day after you’ve moved your stuff in at the latest. I’ve applied to the library and the dining hall, but colleges don’t like getting back to people with a rejection, so as far as I know, neither of these places

At Assumption College, they help you get an internship in your junior or senior year. I’m hoping to work with a newspaper next year to hone my writing skills, which I will be doing along with taking my normal amount of classes. This will obviously be a huge stresser, but I am excited to be able to maybe have my name in real print somewhere outside of my campus! Each major at this school has a list of internships that are available for the students to take, so my advice would be, for any incoming students or underclassmen, to check out the internships associated with your major and make a note of which one(s) sound the most exciting.

Internships are supposed to help you prepare for your future job. If you want to be a teacher, work in a school. If you want to be a researcher, get into a lab. I want to be a writer and maybe a librarian, so I’m hoping to get into my town’s library, where I can work with books and get a feel for that profession. It’ll help me decide if that’s definitely m path, or if working in a library is not for me. There’s really no downside to taking an internship, so long as you can work for a salary somewhere else if you have to. During the summer, I realized things I liked doing (social justice work), and things I don’t like doing (being tied to a computer and not using it to write).